8. Documentation for James Grant Older
(14 Mar 1864 to 31 Mar 1946)
father of Roy Burton Older
(10 Feb 1886 to 13 Apr 1964)



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James Grant Older was born March 14, 1864, in Mechanicsburg, Illinois, the
son of Samuel Clarence Older and Jane Eliza Baird.(1) James apparently was given his middle name after Union General Ulysses S. Grant.

Anna Rosebelle Older was the only sister of James Grant Older. She was born July 26, 1862, and died February 28, 1942. She married John H. Butner on February 27, 1883.(
2) His father was A. F. Butner and his mother was A. Haley.

James Grant Older married Wilhelmina Fredericka Lorenz on May 21, 1885, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.(3) James gave his age as 21 and his occupation as that of painter. He gives his place of birth as Mechanicsburg, Illinois, and his parent's names as S. C. Older and Elisa Baird. The wedding is shown to be the first for both James and Wilhelmina. Wilhelmina Fredericka Lorenz was born March 28, 1866, in Danville, Illinois. She apparently went by the name Minnie. She was the daughter of Gottfried Lorenz (Lorens) and Hannah Stuebe.(4)

James Older is listed in the 1889 Danville, Illinois Directory as living in Germantown (Danville Post Office), Illinois. His occupation was that of a painter and he worked at the Chicago & Eastern Illinois (C&EI) railroad shops.(
5) James Grant and Wilhelmina Fredericka (Lorenz) Older were the parents of three children, Roy Burton Older, Nellie Pearl Older, and Maybelle Older.

Nellie Pearl married Frank W. O'Rourke on August 23, 1919. He was born December 23, 1890, and died April 3, 1963, in Dearborn, Michigan. Frank at one time was a Vice-President of Auditing for the Wabash Railroad Company in Detroit, Michigan. Nellie Pearl (Older) O'Rourke died October 9, 1885, in Danville, Illinois. Frank and Nelle O'Rourke did not have any children. They are buried in Springhill Cemetery in Danville, Illinois. Truxton James Older, a grandson of James and Minnie Older, lived with Frank and Nelle O'Rourke in Detroit for a few years, probably beginning about 1929.

Maybelle Older married Cody Holmes on October 28, 1919, in Springfield, Illinois. Cody was born August 18, 1892, in Decatur, Illinois, and died April 24, 1988, in Decatur, Illinois. He was buried in Monticello, Illinois. Maybelle died May 20, 1959. Cody and Maybelle (Older) Holmes had two daughters, Lorraine Holmes who was born March 20, 1921, in Decatur, Illinois, and Jeanette Holmes, who was born January 16, 1929. Lorraine married William H. Dalton on April 20, 1947. A son of William and Lorraine Dalton, Phillip, died in the 1950s at about age 10. Jeanette married Robert Findley on June 1, 1952. They had no children. The father of Cody Holmes was said to have been a close friend of Buffalo Bill Cody.

James was a supervisor of the painting of electric rail cars in Detroit, Michigan, at one time according to
Truxton James Older, a grandson. James Grant Older died March 31, 1946, in Dearborn, Michigan. He was buried at Springhill Cemetery on Voorhees Street in Danville, Illinois.(6) Wilhelmina Fredericka (Lorenz) Older, James's wife, died on April 27, 1965, in Dearborn, Michigan at age 99. She was buried next to James in Springhill Cemetery in Danville, Illinois.(7)

James Grant Older is listed as age 6 in the 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Danville Township, Vermilion County, enumerated July 4, 1870, in the Samuel Older household along with his mother Eliza and sister Rose Older. James and his sister are listed as having been born in Illinois. His father is listed as having been born in Canada and his mother is listed as having been born in Ohio.(
8) James is listed with his parents and sister in the 1880 Illinois Federal Census under the Village of Germantown, Vermilion County.(9)

James G. Older, Minnie,
Roy, Nellie, Maybelle, and James' mother Eliza Wire are listed in the 1900 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vigo County, city of Terre Haute.(10) James G. Older, Minnie, Nellie, and Mable are listed in the 1910 U. S. Census for Illinois, Macon County, city of Decatur.(11)

James appears in the 1920 Federal Census for Wayne County, Michigan. His age is given as 55, he was born in Illinois, his father was born in Canada and of English origin, and his mother was born in Ohio.(
12) James is listed in the 1930 Michigan Federal Census under Wayne County, Detroit City, Ward 14, Block 145. He lives with his wife and they live next door to their daughter and son-in-law, Frank and Nellie O'Rourke.(13)

Children (
Older), born:

i.
Roy Burton, born February 10, 1886

ii.
Nellie Pearl, born March 13, 1889

iii.
Maybelle, born November 10, 1892, in Danville, Illinois


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
JAMES GRANT OLDER and his son ROY BURTON OLDER


1)
State of Illinois Medical Certificate of Death for Roy Burton Older, registration district #92.0, registered number 347, date of birth February 10, 1886, date of death April 13, 1964, Danville, Illinois, father's full name James Grant Older, mother's full maiden name Minnie Lorenz, signed by Truxton J. Older, son, informant.

2) Illinois Marriage Records, James Grant Older and Minnie F. Lorenz, married May 21, 1885, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Volume V, Vermilion County, IL, Marriages, Vermilion County Court Records, Film #1298746:1298749.

3) Original data: Danville, IL, 1890. Danville, IL, USA: Norvell & Graham, 1890; Danville, Illinois Directory, 1889 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. James Older is listed in the 1889 Danville, Illinois Directory as living in Germantown (Danville Post Office), Illinois. His occupation was that of a painter and he worked at the Chicago & Eastern Illinois (C&EI) railroad shops.

4) James Grant Older and his wife Wilhelmina Frederika Lorenz are buried together at Springhill Cemetery in Danville, Illinois, next to Roy Burton Older and his wife Ethel Leona Worth. Also buried nearby are Nelle (Older) O’Rourke and Frank O’Rourke. Springhill Cemetery records, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, Lot 362, Block 21.

5) Obituary for Wilhelmina Lorenz Older, Danville Commercial News newspaper obituaries, April 28, 1965. Lists her husband as James G. Older, a son Roy, and a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Holmes.

6) James G. Older, Minnie, Roy, Nellie, Maybelle, and James' mother Eliza (Baird) (Older) Wire are listed in the 1900 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vigo County, Terre Haute, Harrison Township, Ward #8, enumerated June 2, 1900, house number 1658, dwelling number 51, and family number 52.

7) 1910 U. S. Census for Illinois, Macon County, city of Decatur, Decatur Township, Ward #6, enumerated April 21, 1910, enumeration district #117, Sheet 10 A, house number 1657, dwelling number 226, and family number 271. States that three children are all living. Nellie age 21 and Mabel age 17 are still in the household.

8) 1930 U. S. Census for Michigan, Wayne County, Part of Precinct 32, Township - Detroit, enumerated April 11, 1930, Roll T626_1049, Page 17A, Image 0824, Baxter Blvd., House 9125, Dwelling Number 2, Family Number 3. Lists James G. Older, Minnie Older, Frank O’Rourke, Nell O’Rourke, and Truxton J. Older living in the household. Truxton J. Older was a son of Roy Burton Older and James Grant Older and Wilhelmina Frederika Lorenz were his grandparents.

9) There probably is an obituary for James Grant Older in the Danville Commercial News shortly after March 31, 1946, his date of death.

10) There should be a Death Certificate for James Grant Older, either in Detroit or Dearborn, Michigan, or possibly in Danville, Illinois.


REFERENCES

1. State of Illinois Medical Certificate of Death for Roy Burton Older, registration district #92.0, registered number 347, date of birth February 10, 1886, date of death April 13, 1964, Danville, Illinois, father's full name James Grant Older, mother's full maiden name Minnie Lorenz, signed by Truxton J. Older, son, informant.

2. Illinois Marriage Records, John N. Butner and Rosabelle Older, married February 27, 1883, in Vermilion County, Illinois.

3. Illinois Marriage Records, James Grant Older and Minnie F. Lorenz, married May 21, 1885, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Volume V, Vermilion County, IL, Marriages, Vermilion County Court Records, Film #1298746:1298749.

4. Illinois Marriage Records, James Grant Older and Minnie F. Lorenz, married May 21, 1885, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Volume V, Vermilion County, IL, Marriages, Vermilion County Court Records, Film #1298746:1298749.

5. Original data: Danville, IL, 1890. Danville, IL, USA: Norvell & Graham, 1890; Danville, Illinois Directory, 1889 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.

6.
Springhill Cemetery records, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, Lot 362, Block 21.

7. Springhill Cemetery records, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, Lot 362, Block 21; obituary for Minnie Lorenz Older, Danville Commercial News newspaper obituaries, probably April 28, 1965, or within a week after that date.

8. 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Danville Township, Vermilion County, enumerated July 4, 1870.

9. 1880 Illinois Federal Census, Village of Germantown, Vermilion County.

10. 1900 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vigo County, Terre Haute, Harrison Township, Ward #8, enumerated June 2, 1900, house number 1658, dwelling number 51, and family number 52.

11. 1910 U. S. Census for Illinois, Macon County, city of Decatur, Decatur Township, Ward #6, enumerated April 21, 1910, enumeration district #117, Sheet 10 A, house number 1657, dwelling number 226, and family number 271.

12. 1920 Michigan Federal Census, Wayne County, Detroit, enumerated the 14th and 15th of January 1920, enumeration district #72, family #343.

13.
1930 Michigan Federal Census, Wayne County, Detroit City, Ward 14, Block 145.